Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Jonala Jal
  • bird, late 1900s–1994
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 15 x 8 x 26 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 10 1/4 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6226

The ceramic bird is possibly a dove, with it's wings tucked and a relatively long tail. It is cream colored with an orange beak and black detail on top of the head. It has orange and black eyes and small black dots on the neck. There are light orange stylized breast feathers on the front of the body with black detail and short light orange legs. The back is decorated with a blue quail and four leaves in yellow and dark orange, a cluster of dots in yellow and dark orange, and dark blue spirals. The tail has an orange outline, two rows of dark blue circles down the middle, and small black dots, as on the neck.